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August 15, 2013

The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For

In the 10 years since sagging power lines in Ohio sparked a blackout across much of the Northeastern United States and Canada, utility engineers say they have implemented measures to prevent another such event in the country's electric grid.

But there is one disaster scenario for which the power companies are still unprepared: a massive attack on the computer networks that underlie the U.S. electric grid.

Energy industry leaders believe a cyberthreat could produce a blackout even bigger than the , which left an estimated 50 million people in the dark.

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/08/15/212079908/the-next-disaster-scenario-power-companies-are-preparing-for?ft=1&f=1006